I'm Taking Her Home with Me!
aka: Im Taking Him Home With Me
will go ahead and make her a younger sister."
[I wanna take it home with me
There are times when something is just so pure, innocent, right and adorably cute
that even the most level-headed persons are struck by a quaint phenomenon we TV Tropers like to call "Cuteness Proximity
", in which all pretenses of stoic maturity are dropped to reveal an affectionate and nurturing, sweet-tongued teddy bear who wants to hug the subject of cuteness all day long
. Sometimes, it can get so bad that said persons cannot comprehend and withstand the intense emotional effects.
Sometimes, the Cuteness Proximity is so
intense that it stirs not only mere affection, but actual paternal and maternal love. The afflicted will want to actually become the adorable one's father, mother or older sibling, and will:
1) Ask the guardian whether he or she could "take her/him home" with a goofy grin on his or her face. Usually, the answer is no.
or, more dangerously,
2) GRAB the poor little one and SHOUT "I'm taking her/him home with me!" as he or she runs off like a kidnapper.
More so than Cuteness Proximity, this will either endear the audience to what is obviously a very warm and loving person, or seriously creep them out by revealing what is obviously a dangerous pervert
Another way this can end badly is if the abductor Does Not Know His Own Strength
, and their overly physical
expression of affection spells doom for poor little "George"
. Occasionally, the "cute creature" in question is either Ugly Cute
at best, or downright monstrous
See also Abduction Is Love
. Has absolutely nothing
to do with Taking You with Me
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Anime & Manga
- Blackest Night:
- Gross example: Larfleeze wants his own Guardian, so when our heroes encounter Scar — an evil, half-undead Guardian who serves the story's Big Bad — he wants to do this.
- Even grosser is Kryb, the Sinestro Corps member who compulsively abducts infants and keeps them in her exposed ribcage.
- When Kamala Khan meets the Inhumans' dog Lockjaw, she goes into Freaky Is Cool Cuteness Overload, then takes him home with her and asks her parents if she can keep him.
- A voicepack for Suika, of all people, has this very phrase in it. Makes sense, since Oni are traditionally known to carry people off when they lost contests, and Suika is strong enough to carry away anyone she'd want. Fans have taken to joking about taking her home, and then get rebutted by other fans saying that Suika'd take THEM home instead.
- Touhou's other oni, Yuugi, is also frequently portrayed by fandom as carrying off others. Parsee Mizuhashi is a favorite victim, for some reason.
- Yugioh The Abridged Series: "And I shall call you Mr. Tweetums! For it is very evil!" And in a later episode: "Fool! There is no one who I would want to remember~... Mr. Tweetums! Nooo!!! You made me forget my very best friend"...
- Performed by the Trope Namer, Ryuguu Rena, on a cosplaying Yuki, in Kyon Big Damn Hero. Yes, that Yuki.
- She does this a lot in this story. To Kanae, to her friends' children, to Sasaki. Even about Kyon once, though that time she doesn't use the trope name and gets ribbed for being naughty.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- Past Sins: Nyx is found by Twilight Sparkle in the middle of a dark forest all alone and scared... naturally, she adopts her.
- In My Little Hangover, a drunken Rarity does this with a full-grown panda.
- Vinyl Scratch continues the silliness, saying this about a Changeling. Poor Octavia.
- Ultra Fast Pony, "The Pet Games": After the tortoise rescues her from an avalanche, Rainbow Dash declares that she's adopting him. Even though he isn't actually up for adoption.
- In Ask Fluffle Puff, this is Princess Cadance's reaction the first time she meets Fluffle Puff. To which Queen Chrysalis objects. Strongly.
- The Hill of Swords: Any time Tabitha shows her vulnerable side, Shirou has to suppress an urge to take her home and give her "adorable ponies and dollies and pretty dresses".
- In Magic Trick, England uses his powers as Britannia Angel to turn Italy into Chibitalia. Everyone, from the Allies to Japan to frigging Prussia, is so overwhelmed by his cuteness that they each want to bring him home with them. Generally, Chibitalia is fine with this. Except for Germany, because he thinks he's scary.
- In the Zany To The Max episode "The Time Travel Contest", the Warners go to the year 802,701, into the world of The Time Machine to enter a contest. They have to help the Time Traveler find Weena. If they win, they will be able to take Weena home with them. (See Literature below.) Homestripe Runner, a Homestar Runner fan character (and Author Avatar) by the same author, wins instead.
- It's not unknown in Kantai Collection fanwork for ship-girls to take enemy boss Northern Ocean Princess, who looks like a white-haired red-eyed little girl with small horns, home with them.
- Rei Ayanami of all people ends up doing this in The Second Try after finding an adorable four year-old girl lost in the middle of Tokyo-3, though to her credit she had the sense to contact the authorities and try to find the child's parents first. It's just as well she did take the girl home, though, as she was Shinji and Asuka's Kid from the Future.
Films — Animation
- In Finding Nemo, Dory the blue tang wants to do this with a cute, very small jellyfish... until she learns that jellyfishes sting.
- Likewise, the dentist takes Nemo to give to his niece Darla.
- In The Lion King when Timon and Pumba first run across Simba, Timon's first reaction is to panic because of, well, the food chain. Pumba meanwhile thinks Simba's such a cute little guy that he asks, "Can we keep him?"
- In Snoopy Come Home, Snoopy comes across a little girl who, without warning, grabs him and drags him to her home, shouting, "Oh, boy! I found a dog!" When Woodstock tries to save Snoopy, the girl takes him too.
- This is how Kristoff ended up being raised by the troll community in Frozen.
- In The Iron Giant, Hogart takes a squirrel in a box to his mom's diner to ask if he can keep it. Mom, still recovering from the last time Hogart brought an animal home ("Remember the raccoon, Hogart? Ooooh! I remember the raccoon."), predictably says no. The squirrel gets out of the box and into Dean's pants, wreaking havoc on the diner.
Films — Live-Action
- In Battle Royale, this is Hiroki Sugimura's reaction to stray cats... and his classmate Kayoko Kotohiki.
- In the novel Five Children and It, a group of children find a magical creature called a Psammead who grants them all a wish a day. In a moment of misguided altruism, they decide that the one among them who can't ask for a wish (a baby) should have his wish granted, only to learn that his wish is for everyone to want him.
- There is a picture book called Children Make Terrible Pets. The story is about a young bear named Lucy who finds a human boy out in the woods. She takes him home, names him "Squeaker" and tries to make a pet out of him. Read that title one more time....
- In The Time Machine, the Time Traveler has encountered a race of people who are essentially humans that stop developing physically and mentally at age six. He has fallen in like with one of the womenfolk. "Weena I had resolved to bring with me to our own time." (Ch. 7)
- Subverted in Dune, and combined with I Have You Now, My Pretty. The Harkonnen's Mentat Piter de Vries wanted to keep Jessica Atreides for himself, but quickly dumps the idea when the Baron offers him to stay and rule Arrakis in his name instead.
- Veruca Salt, as mentioned above in Films, wants to take a squirrel home with her in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It doesn't end well.
- "The Kidnapping", by Shiga Naoya;; The narrator sees a little girl and decides that he must have her for his own.
- Legacy of the Dragokin: Zarracka has a new goal; in addition to killing Daniar she's also going to replace her as Benji's mother. Because of this a number of plot events take a different turn then they would have last time.
- Perhaps Guy Kyser — frontman of Thin White Rope — tossed a few too many oblique words into the salad, but (in the song "Take It Home") he seemed to be evoking this trope. Or attempting to explore the boundaries of its inherent futility:
Something moving in an airtight room
Doesn't age a minute for a year in a vacuum
But dies on the way home[...]
I can't take this one home
I can't take this one home
- Darkly invoked in A Perfect Circle's cover of The Nurse Who Loved Me:
I'm taking her home with me, all dressed in white
She's got everything I need, some pills in a little cup
- The Beatles:
It's really good to be here, it's certainly a thrill
You're such a lovely audience, we'd like to take you home with us, we'd love to take you home!
- Vocaloid resident loli Kaai Yuki just Kaai Yuki
- Fellow Vocaloid GUMI and her video for "Rampaging Lolitaholic" wants to take Kagamine Rin home with her.
- Yukari is said to spirit away people whom she takes a fancy to. This includes taking home people from outside Gensoukyou.
- In Phantasmagoria of Dim Dream, Yumemi decided she wanted to take home one of the magical denizens of Gensoukyou, For Science!!
- After spending most of Undefined Fantastic Object geeking out at the prospect of meeting an alien Sanae refuses to believe Nue is a youkai, and after she defeats her drags her off to take pictures with her.
- In the spinoff manga Inaba of the Moon and Inaba of the Earth, the Moon princess Watatsuki no Toyohime repeatedly tried to take home one of the Earth rabbits she found while visiting Eientei.
- Dragon Age:
- If you bring your Mabari War Hound to the city of Denerim in Dragon Age: Origins, he will abruptly run off and return a cutscene later with a small boy in tow. The boy just jumps up and down excitedly shouting "PUPPY!" You have to convince your dog to take him back home.
- Anders & Ser Pounce-a-lot in Awakening.
- In Mass Effect 2, Kasumi's reaction to meeting Niftu Cal the BIOTIC GOD!) is "Aww. Can we keep him?"
- In Bayonetta, a Beloved spots the adorable child Cereza. Hearts appear in its eyes, and it hooks her clothes onto its face (don't get the wrong idea, she's still in them), as it tries to "defend" her from Bayonetta. So she summons a dragon made of hair to chomp it in half. Not that she wouldn't have done it if it hadn't taken Cereza.
- In the Ork campaign of Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Retribution, Mistah Nailbrain decides to take "Daisy" home.
- In Bioshock 2, if you have a Little Sister with you and you use a hypnotize plasmid on a splicer, she will sometimes giggle and ask "Can we keep it?"
- In CLANNAD, the adorably innocent Ibuki Fuko says she wants to do this to little Ushio-chan, Tomoya's daughter, and to be her older sister. Pictured above.
- An unnamed woman in Da Capo wants to take Sakura home.
- Mizuki wonders if she can take Chihiro home during her chapter in ef - a fairy tale of the two..
- Fate/stay night:
- Shirou took Ilya home (and Taiga approved) in Fate's route despite the fact that she was an Ax-Crazy enemy of his only five seconds earlier, and tried to kill him, Saber, Rin, and Archer, and abducted him once. In this case, it's less than "She's so cute" and because Shirou has Chronic Hero Syndrome.
- On the other hand, Ilya had taken Shirou home in quite a few of the Bad Ends. Taken home in pieces that is.
- Higurashi: When They Cry:
- Rena Ryuuguu◊ is the Trope Namer. Whenever she sees something she regards as cute, she melts into a complete ditz and fawns over the subject of cuteness like a mother/big sister. Occasionally, she takes it a little too far, as the following videos show the frightened audience. However, sometimes what she perceives to be "cute" can be odd if not downright disturbing to more normal people. In the sound novels, this is often intentionally invoked to enable Rena's "adorable mode". In this mode, she cannot be beaten by anyone.
- Apparently, this attitude is contagious. Keiichi starts to act this way (most likely as a joke) when confronted with Shion in her Angel Mort uniform, and Irie acts like this in a couple scenes, though it's not as cute.
- Miyo Takano acts this way for, em, creepy torture equipment.
- Umineko: When They Cry:
- Cute boy Sakutarou often falls victim to this when around the Stake sisters. (Especially Mammon, what with her being Greed and all.)
- Jessica says this in her Image Song as a Shout-Out to Higurashi.
- In the Homestar Runner short "Where's The Cheat?", Marzipan falls in love with a sandwich, of all things, in this way. She even names it "Homestar Jr.", much to Homestar's annoyance.
- An episode of The Powerpuff Girls had Bubbles bringing home animals she felt sorry for. This culminates with her trying to hide a baby whale from the Professor.
- Elmyra of Tiny Toon Adventures has no problem with snatching random creatures (in a world of Funny Animals) and declaring them her pets. Compounding matters, she's also a negligent owner whose pets invariably die. In many ways more sinister than her mentor, Elmer Fudd, who would simply shoot at them.
- Looney Tunes: the Abominable Snowman. "Oh, boy! A bunny rabbit! Just what I always wanted! I will name him George, and I will hug him and squeeze him and pet him and pat him..."
- Tex Avery did it first. "Hello George! Glad to know ya, George! You're my new lit-tle friend, George! My new lit-tle friend. What I'm gonna do is to pet ya and play with ya, George!" (crunching of bones in a hug)
- A rather odd example in Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures. Villain Jeremiah Surd and his minions have hijacked Air Force One and they plan to kill everybody in it with a deadly nerve gas. Our heroes Jonny, Jessie and Hadji get themselves captured while trying to rescue the President. Bandit (Jonny's pet dog) is also there. When Lorenzo, one of Surd's minions (who is usually very competent in his ruthlessness, except for being rather Book Dumb) points Bandit's presence out to Surd, the boss tells him to "throw him in, too." And Lorenzo goes: "But he's so cute! Can I keep him?" Surd, predictably, says no.
- In South Park, Paris Hilton offers to buy Butters for $250 million for this reason. His parents accept, although Butters isn't too happy with the arrangement. Well, that and she thought Butters was an animal.
- Generator Rex: One episode has Breach kidnap Rex to put in her dollhouse while referring to Rex as her "new favorite" and "shiny thing."
- Adventure Time with Finn and Jake, in the episode The Jiggler, Finn and Jake find a creature that dances along to the song that Finn was singing and the two take it back to their tree house to party with.
- The Boondocks did this with Riley of all people being kidnapped by one of Grandpa's blind dates because he was just so cute. Huey and Grandad had to go save him.
- In the Teen Titans Season 2 episode "Date with Destiny", Beast Boy makes mention that Killer Moth's mutant drones are cute enough to keep as pets (in the larval stage). Despite Raven's warning, he manages to hide Silkie up until Season 3's "Can I Keep Him?"
- In Kung Fu Panda Legends Of Awesomeness this was Po's inital reaction to Peng, before Green-Eyed Monster set in.
Oh please, please can we keep him? Can we keep him pleeeeease
? He's even pottery trained!
- Dopey from The 7D keeps bringing animals home, so the others warn him not to do so any more. But then he finds a baby elephant, and he can't help himself, so he disguises it as another dwarf. The others are completely fooled.
- The reason inter-species adoptions are possible — e.g. a dog with puppies adopting a baby bunny it might have normally had for breakfast, a she-wolf adopting a human infant, etc. More specifically, facial features with certain proportions (huge eyes, tiny nose, tiny mouth, round head) really hit an onlooker's maternal instincts, and happen to be pretty much universal among mammals, so that sometimes, under the right circumstances, the instinct to take it home and care for it overweighs the instinct to snack on it.
- Outside of mammals, there is an adorable story of a snake taking his would-be-food in as a friend. A snake in a Japanese zoo wasn't eating after being added to their exhibit. They thought maybe it wanted something more... lively. One of the caretakers figured that the snake may have caught on with their trick, since normally they use warm meat to trick the snake's senses into thinking it's still alive and snakes won't eat dead things unless they have to. They placed a hamster in the enclosure with him and... they started cuddling. Turns out the snake was stressed from the trip and started eating again, with the hamster as a companion.
- Many a puppy has got their home because of this trope. People might start out with the intention of just having a look but then a puppy jumps up to say hello, climbs into their lap, or just gazes at them with those big brown eyes and suddenly said puppy coming home with them is a forgone conclusion. Also occurs with older dogs, especially ones that qualify as woobies.
- While good for puppies, this trope is bad for baby animals of species where it is normal for the mother to hide her young and only return occasionally, like hares, and to a lesser extent seals or deer. Humans may be tempted to take the baby animal home, and in many cases will not be able to properly care for it.
- According to con reports, the creepier members of Fan Dumb have a habit of asking Doug Walker if they can "keep" him. As one might expect, he doesn't enjoy this. Of course, given the phrasing, this could just as easily be a creepy and irritating, if ultimately harmless, reference to Casper, which featured the same line, and which The Critic found creepy.
- One of Masi Oka's fans expressed her wish to take him home and care for him like a pet. He found out, and does not object to the idea.